ice wine

plural ice wines

Definition of ice wine

: a sweet wine made by pressing frozen grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine before being harvested : eiswein Records indicate the first ice wine pressing occurred in the German region of Franconia, in 1794, when an unusually early frost greeted surprised vintners with a frozen crop of grapes.— Jeff Morgan One of the world's most exotic potions is ice wine, a delicious sweet wine that is rare, difficult to make and eagerly sought by connoisseurs. It is the product of frozen grapes intentionally left on the vines long after the normal harvest and then harvested after a solid frost.— Terry Robards

Examples of ice wine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those concerned about the price tag of a German Eiswein can opt for one of the very good and reasonably priced ice wines made in North America. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Recipe for a Cake Seriously Worth the Splurge," 22 Jan. 2020 Pearl Morissette first won acclaim for producing ethereally dry Rieslings and lush Cabernet Francs in a burgeoning wine region that, up until recently, was best known for ice wine—an ultra-sweet dessert wine pressed from frozen grapes. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Kracher specializes in late-harvest and ice wines from Austria’s Burgenland region. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Climate change is reshaping wine as we know it," 7 June 2019 Visit each of the participating wineries, sample ice wine and enjoy an appetizer, included in the $6 cost at each winery. Laura Johnston,, "Take a trip with RocktheLake to Grand River Valley wineries, prepping for Ice Wine Festival," 27 Feb. 2018 And learn why Lake Erie creates the perfect climate for growing grapes, especially for ice wine. Laura Johnston,, "Take a trip with RocktheLake to Grand River Valley wineries, prepping for Ice Wine Festival," 27 Feb. 2018 Oliver said the winery made ice wine last year also, but didn’t make enough to last for more than a year. Carol Kugler, The Seattle Times, "Volunteers brave cold to pick grapes at Indiana vineyard," 26 Jan. 2018 Ontario is among the world’s leading sources for ice wine, with Inniskillin perhaps the most esteemed producer. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "From Ontario, Cool-Climate Wines of Beauty and Vision," 16 Jan. 2018 Parallel 44 is known for its ice wine, which is made from Frontenac Gris grapes harvested in January., Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ice Cold: 5 Frozen Ways to Frolic," 7 Jan. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Ice wine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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